Workshops and Training

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat has created six Knowledge Hubs worldwide, to support Parties to implement the Convention. The Economics of Tobacco Control Project, based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), was asked to host a Knowledge Hub (KH) on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade (Articles 6 and 15 of the FCTC). The KH aims to support governments with Articles 6 and 15 of the WHO FCTC through targeted training opportunities, direct technical assistance, and by producing appropriate tools and resources (e.g. through a web platform). This work is performed within a partnership network with other stakeholders, and by developing a community of practice with other Knowledge Hubs. Read this page to find out more about the UCT KH workshops and how to apply.

About the Workshops

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The Knowledge Hub facilitates workshops and training for government officials (and sometimes employees from civil society organisations) from a variety of countries on specific topics. Such training is offered to Parties from around the world through the Knowledge Hub's global network. This training covers topics such as: how to design an efficient tobacco tax system; how to measure the size and/or trends in illicit trade in tobacco products; how to model the likely impact of a change in the excise tax on tobacco consumption, smoking prevalence and tax revenue; and the like. An example of a standard UCT KH workshop can be found here.

Eligibility

The UCT KH was established in agreement with the WHO FCTC Secretariat. The intended services of the UCT KH are to provide support to Parties that have signed and ratified the FCTC. Therefore, priority will be given to these Parties. Please note that applications will be prioritised as follows:

  1. Direct government capacity building in 15 FCTC priority countries : This will include Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Jordan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa, Sierra Leone; Sri Lanka and Zambia.
  2. Direct government capacity building in non-priority countries.
  3. Indirect government capacity building in 15 FCTC priority countries (this includes NGOs with strong ties with their Ministry of Finance or Health).
  4. Indirect government capacity building in non-priority countries (this includes NGOs with strong ties with their Ministry of Finance or Health).

UCT KH workshop participants are identified and approached directly by the Knowledge Hub, in consultation with the WHO FCTC Secretariat and WHO Regional Offices. However, if you would like to be considered for attendance, please see the information below how to apply.
If you have any specific questions, please contact us at admin.kh@uct.ac.za, or view this list of FAQs. Please find an example of a standard UCT KH workshop here.

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How to Apply

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To apply for a UCT KH workshops, you will require:

  1. A completed application form, which you can download here.
  2. Evidence of government support/political will to implement tobacco tax policies in your country. This can be in the form of a letter from the relevant minister, director-general or other relevant government employee.

Applications must be emailed to the both KH manager at admin.kh@uct.ac.za, and the KH director at director.kh@uct.ac.za , using the subject line "UCT KH workshop application".

Please note that applications will only be considered thrice annually; during April, August and November. Any applicants accepted at other points in time will only be considered during these submission periods. Once your application is submitted, please allow the UCT KH two weeks to confirm your eligibility and whether you will be considered for any upcoming workshops.